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Ballot challenge certain for WA gay marriage bill

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state is likely to become the seventh state to legalize same-sex within the next two weeks, but opponents have already promised a ballot challenge that would halt any summer weddings.

As supporters celebrated the Senate's 28-21 vote passing the measure on Wednesday night, a coalition of religious groups promised to start collecting referendum signatures as soon as the measure is signed into law. The bill still has to be approved by the House, but with the tougher hurdle of the Senate already cleared, that second vote is just a formality.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced support for the bill last month, and has promised to sign it into law. The law wouldn't take effect until June, and would be delayed if opponents turn in enough referendum signatures.

Here's a look at how the 49 Senate members voted Wednesday on legalizing same-sex marriage. The measure now heads to the House:


Brian Hatfield (D) Raymond - Yes
Paull Shin (D) Edmonds - No
Andy Hill (R) Redmond - Yes
Joe Fain (R) Auburn - Yes
Doug Ericksen (R) Ferndale - No
Lisa Brown (D) Spokane - Yes
Maralyn Chase (D) Shoreline - Yes
Steve Conway (D) Tacoma - Yes
Tracey Eide (D) Federal Way- Yes
Karen Fraser (D) Olympia- Yes
David Frockt (D) Seattle - Yes
Nick Harper (D) Everett - Yes
Mary Margaret Haugen (D) Camano Island - Yes
Steve Hobbs (D) Lake Stevens - Yes
Jim Kastama (D) Puyallup - Yes
Karen Keiser (D) Kent - Yes
Derek Kilmer (D) Gig Harbor - Yes
Adam Kline (D) Seattle - Yes
Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) Seattle - Yes
Rosemary McAuliffe (D) Bothell - Yes
Ed Murray (D) Seattle - Yes
Sharon Nelson (D) Seattle - Yes
Margarita Prentice (D) Renton - Yes
Craig Pridemore (D) Vancouver - Yes
Kevin Ranker (D) Orcas Island - Yes
Debbie Regala (D) Tacoma - Yes
Christine Rolfes (D) Bainbridge Island - Yes
Rodney Tom (D) Bellevue - Yes
Steve Litzow (R) Mercer Island - Yes
Cheryl Pflug (R) Maple Valley - Yes
James Hargrove (D) Hoquiam - No
Tim Sheldon (D) Potlatch - No
Michael Baumgartner (R) Spokane - No
Randi Becker (R) Eatonville - No
Don Benton (R) Vancouver - No
Mike Carrell (R) Lakewood - No
Jerome Delvin (R) Richland - No
Mike Hewitt (R) Walla Walla - No
Janea Holmquist Newbry (R) Moses Lake - No
Jim Honeyford (R) Sunnyside - No
Curtis King (R) Yakima - No
Bob Morton (R) Kettle Falls - No
Mike Padden (R) Spokane Valley - No
Linda Evans Parlette (R) Wenatchee - No
Pam Roach (R) Auburn - No
Mark Schoesler (R) Ritzville - No
Val Stevens (R) Arlington - No
Dan Swecker (R) Rochester - No
Joseph Zarelli (R) Ridgefield - No